Former Pro Bowler Names the Three Scariest Teams Heading Into Playoffs

Published 12/17/2020, 7:12 AM EST
Nov 23, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


With the 2020 NFL regular season drawing to an end, multiple playoff spots are still up for grabs. While some have clinched their spot in the playoffs, many others are still vying for a spot to extend their ambitions of getting their hands on the coveted Lombardi trophy. 

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Among some of the teams that are still in the hunt, are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, and the Indianapolis Colts. And these 3 according to six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall are the ‘scariest’ ones to look out for. 

Bucs’ balanced offense is a threat 

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Marshall during a segment of Fox Sports’ First Things First, stated that the Buccaneers, Bills, and Colts would be the scariest matchups for any team in the league. 

“There’s three teams that we should be looking at as the scariest teams that can enter in the playoffs. Number one, you got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers… I just think this could be the team that’s reminiscent of the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, where the Steelers were sitting at 7-5 and on the way out of the playoffs, and then they just got hot and went on a run, and won the Super Bowl,” said Marshall.

Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (left) celebrates after tight end Rob Gronkowski (center) scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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The Buccaneers seem to have addressed their offensive woes. After getting the better of the Minnesota Vikings thanks to a much more balanced offensive approach, the Bucs have finally shifted into gear. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians’ decision to run the ground game more did a world of good to not only the team but Brady’s output as well.

Colts rejuvenated with Phillip Rivers in the pocket

The Colts with former Chargers QB Phillip Rivers in the pocket have been a force to reckon with. With Rivers averaging close to 270 passing yards a game, the Colts have found a new commander-in-chief. 

“Now, the Colts… They play really good defense, their quarterback is protecting the ball better… and also their running game. Their running game is so hot right now. This is a scary team if they get into the playoffs,” said Marshall.

Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has also been a revelation for the Colts. Rushing for a total of 759 yards, while averaging 4.5 yards per carry, Taylor has provided the Colts offense the balanced approach needed to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Josh Allen-led Bills a genuine contender

The Bills look like a whole new team with Josh Allen firing on all cylinders. The Bills’ 10-3 record is their best run through 13 games since 1991. And a win against the Steelers last Sunday has only gone and done their confidence a world of good.

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“Can we please respect the Buffalo Bills… Do we not see how they’re doing this year?… Defensively, they’re playing really good ball, they’re getting healthy at the right moment… Then on the offensive side they can run it, they can throw it, they move the ball better than anyone outside of the Kansas Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL,” said the former wideout.

As things currently stand, all three can make it to the playoffs. But, the next 3 NFL gameweeks will be vital for their fortunes. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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